Every First Friday Features:
- First Friday Passport
Your free First Friday passport can be picked up at the Opera House between Lillian’s Music Store and Harry’s Seafood, Bar, and Grille between 5pm and 10pm. The passport unlocks specials at over 35 downtown bars and restaurants!
- Monthly Themes
Each First Friday has it own special theme, such as Frost Off, Dog Days of Summer, Mardi Gras, and more.
Getting your passports stamped earns you raffle tickets to be used during our huge end of the night raffle.
Experience Gainesville’s music scene at the numerous stages, street venues, the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, and the Sun Center.
- VIP Wristbands
Purchase a VIP wristband for $25 to get free food, drinks, carriage rides, valet parking and more! Stop at any of the designated VIP locations and get treated like First Friday royalty.
- Block Party
South East 1st Ave, between Main and South West 1st Street, from 5pm to 8pm featuring: casino games, live music, and vendor booths.
Dice Roll Contest:
Don’t miss the opportunity to roll the Pledge 5 dice to win a Honda Accord! Every hour on the hour you can gamble a VIP tab or pledge 5 community service hours to us! You get 5 rolls to spell out H-O-N-D-A and if you succeed, walk away with the keys to a brand new Accord, courtesy of Honda of Gainesville. Everyone is a WINNER!
Roll the following:
H: 5 Raffle tickets for the End Of The Night Raffle presented by Monster Energy
H – O: Pair of VIP First Friday Tickets
H – O – N: Pair of Grape Stompin’ Wine Festival Tickets
H – O – N – D: Cruise for Two to the Bahamas
H – O – N – D – A: New Honda Accord
With over 35 participating businesses, First Friday is Gainesville’s largest happy hour! Businesses include: Boca Fiesta, Palomino Pool Hall, The Back Yard, Sarkara Sweets, The Gelato Company, Dragonfly, Sweet Mel’s, Emiliano’s Cafe, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, Lillian’s Music Store, Sharab Lounge, Key West Cigar Company, Speakeasy, Tall Paul’s Brew House, Havana’s Downtown Cigars, 101 Downtown, Vellos Historic Brickstreet Grill, Gainesville House of Beer, Relish Big Tasty Burger!, The Midnight, Mochi Frozen Yogurt, The Jones B-side, Flashbacks Lounge, Flackbacks Package, Starbucks, Misty Edge Carriage Rides, Main Street Bar & Billiards Maude’s Classic Cafe, Gift Horse, The University Club, Clockwork Studios Tattoo & Piercing, Ingenue Avenue, Liquid Ginger, Portable Repair Center, and the Hippodrome Theater!